Molokai Strait

Ultimate Yachts: Video of the Molokai Strait 75′

Molokai Strait 75 at Newport

Molokai Strait 75 at Newport

The Molokai Strait   75 luxury bluewater expedition yacht Hercules is an examples of top-of-the-line everything. For the ocean adventurer, the Molokai Strait yachts are built with steel hulls and aluminum topsides, lots of displacement and fuel.

I first saw the 75′ Hercules at the Newport, Rhode Island, boat show in the fall of 2008 and it is an awe-inspiring yacht. But it’s not a yacht for the Newport cocktail cruisers. This is a full-on expedition yacht, with a hull designed for untamed oceans and safety features equal to the adventure.

The company produced a nice video on the small ship here:

Hercules, can often be seen at the bigger boat shows on the East Coast. Everything about this vessel fairly screams “ship.” Her bulk and solid presence even at the dock is impressive. The wide-open decks, massive freeing ports at the deck edge, and commercial-grade ship port lights and watertight hatches all add to the sense of safety and security.

Molokai Strait 75 bulbous bow

Molokai Strait 75 bulbous bow

Like many yachts of this size, most of the accessory systems are powered by hydraulics.  That includes one of the two anchor windlasses, the thrusters, steering, stabilizers and the Nick Jackson LPW 2700 davit on the foredeck. The design makes great use of the fo’c’sle where a clever arrangement has cozy quarters for captain and two additional crew members.

Molokai Strait 75

LOA              75′- 6″
LWL              60′
Beam            22′
Draft             7′
Displ.           266,000 lbs (light)
Fuel             6,620 USgal
Water          1,070 USgal

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

New Outer Reef 63 RPH to Debut at Newport

Outer Reef Yachts has confirmed that its new 63 raised pilothouse model will debut at the Newport International Boat Show this September.  Company President Jeff Druek said yesterday the new boat is current en route from the shipyard in Taiwan and will arrive in Fort Lauderdale in August.

Three new Outer Reef Yachts En Route to U.S.

Three new Outer Reef Yachts En Route to U.S.

The 63, at bottom left in the photo above, has a LWL of nearly 58′, with a beam of 16′ – 10″, and a draft of 5′.  She holds 1,000 gallons of fuel to feed her twin Cat C-9 ACERT engines, and will carry 300 gallons of water, bringing displacement at full load to 78,500 pounds.  All Outer Reef Yachts are certified to CE Ocean category ‘A’ which means the yacht can safely handle winds greater than 40 knots and waves higher than 4 meters. 

The Taiwan factory is also ISO 9001 certified and all yachts are built to ABS guidelines.  European Union-destined boats meet the CE recreational boat directive for safety standards and have the CE mark.  The current product line extends from 58′ to 115′.  The new 63 will be commissioned in Florida and transit to Newport in time for the show, which runs from September 11-14 this year

Outer Reef Yachts is one of three in-house brands of the American Global Yacht Group.  The other two are Molokai Strait and Newport Yachts.  The owners of AGYG are Jeff Druek, the Outer Reef Yachts founder, Jerry Cureton, founder of Molokai Strait, Fred Azar and Trey Beasley.  AGYG also represents Rivolta Yachts and Apreamare here in North America and is the Chesapeake Bay regional dealer for Formula Boats.

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Posted by Tom in Boats